Established in 2009 in the striking hills of the Upper Yarra Valley, and bought by the Pattison family and Mary Padbury in 2013, the Little Yarra vineyard is planted to just 1.5 acres of each Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Managed by father and son team Ian and Matt Pattison, they tend the site with the single aim of producing the most authentic, expressive and delicious wines possible from this unique small vineyard.
An excellent year for grape growing, the 2015 Pinot Noir has an elegance and vibrancy that's characteristic of the vintage. Hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, our approach is one of less is more. Fermentation is in a single pot, with 30% whole bunches placed on top of the remaining destemmed whole berries. Left on skins for three weeks with daily pump overs to maximise aromatics, the finished wine is pressed and settled before going to French oak hogsheads (30% new) for 10 months maturation. Highly perfumed with an elegance and vibrancy that's characteristic of the vintage, the fruit is plump without being bulky, and is held together by a gentle tug of tannin.
Excellent colour. It is a neat match with the chardonnay: an expressive bouquet and an energetic palate with red and black cherry fruit lighting the way; long finish and aftertaste. Rating: 95 Points; Drink by: 2024; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: March 2016; Alcohol: 13.3%; James Halliday Wine Companion
This is tip top. Depth of fruit, complexity to burn, dry lakes of tannin, length. It gives, it takes, it measures, it inspires. Macerated cherry, dry and fresh herbs, twigs, woodsmoke, a spot of positive reduction, chalk. There’s a stemmy bitterness to the aftertaste but rather than detract, it serves only to emphasise that this is neither sweet nor indeed overly eager to please. It’s just good, very, take it or leave it. Rating: 95 Points; Tasted: May 2016; Alcohol: 13.3%; Price: $35; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017-2024+; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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